Overall phosphate fertilizer use in Great Britain (GB) 2011-2018

This statistics shows the amount of phosphate that was used in fertilizer for tillage crops and grasses on British farms from 2011 to 2018, measured in kilograms of phosphate per hectare of land farmed (kg/ha). Over the period of time recorded here, the overall usage of phosphate fertilizer in Great Britain remained at similar levels.

Usage of phosphate fertilizer in Great Britain (GB) from 2011 to 2018

Tillage CropsGrassAll Crops and Grass
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Release date

June 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

2011 to 2018

Supplementary notes

The source states that: "On tillage crops overall phosphate application rates decreased gradually between 1984 and 1996. The decline became more marked until 2009, after which there was some recovery and relative stability with an overall rate of 29 kg P2O5/ha in 2015. This picture varies across countries in Great Britain: in Scotland phosphate and potash application rates on tillage have been largely maintained relative to the decrease seen in England and Wales. The overall application rate of phosphate on grassland was highest in 1983 at 28 kg/ha. It remained relatively stable between 1984 and 1998 then declined more rapidly between 1999 and 2009 but has remained relatively stable since with a rate of 9 kg/ha in 2015."

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